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Anthroposophy is a human oriented spiritual philosophy that reflects and speaks to the basic deep spiritual questions of humanity, to our basic artistic needs, to the need to relate to the world out of a scientific (occult) attitude of mind, and to the need to develop a relation to the world in complete freedom and based on completely individual judgments (as long as one conforms to the ideology) and decisions. A more detailed description would possibly point to four basic aspects and levels of anthroposophy: 1. Anthroposophy is a spiritual philosophy, mainly developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century (not appropriate for our time or country). It is born out of a philosophy of freedom,(conformity) living at the core of anthroposophy. For more on anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner from this perspective, see here, here and here. 2. It is a path of knowledge or spiritual research, (dreaming or claivoyance) developed on the basis of European (aryan)idealistic philosophy, rooted in the philosophies of Aristotle, Plato, and Thomas Aquinas. It is primarily defined by its method of research (done while asleep), and secondly by the possible knowledge or experiences this leads to. From this perspective, anthroposophy can also be called spiritual (occult) science. As such, it is an effort to develop not only natural scientific, but also a spiritual scientific research on the basis of the idealistic (aryan) tradition, in the spirit of the historical strivings, that have led to the development of modern science.
Waldorf teachers must accept or, at an absolute minimum, make peace with the doctrines of Anthroposophy. Waldorf schools prefer to hire only committed followers of Rudolf Steiner, but sometimes they must hire nonbelievers, if only temporarily. This can cause problems both for the schools and for the new hires. Addressing new and aspiring Waldorf teachers, Waldorf teacher Keith Francis writes, “[Y]ou also have to come to terms with reincarnation, karma, the details of the life between death and rebirth and the work of the hierarchies [i.e., ranks of gods] in the evolution of the world and the human being. This is not all. Perhaps the most difficult thing is that you get the impression that anthroposophists think of Christ as a great spiritual being [i.e., He is just one of many gods]. That indefinite article on its own may be enough to give you the feeling that anthroposophy is not for you. The continual references to the members of the hierarchies as Gods do not help.” — Keith Francis, THE EDUCATION OF A WALDORF TEACHER (iUniverse, 2004), p. 183. [See “Ex-Teacher 9”.] [For information about the Waldorf worldview, see The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia. For the context of the Waldorf worldview — the broad fields of occultism, mysticism, and the paranormal — see The Semi-Steiner Dictionary. For previous notable quotes, see “Quotes”. For previous “news,” see the “News Archive”.]